The teachers looked no further than the Chromebooks that every student received as part of the 1-to-1 rollout in Lakota’s junior schools last fall. Students were challenged to a scavenger hunt throughout the school that not only got them out of their classroom, but also threw them back in time almost 75 years.
Using their Chromebooks to scan the QR codes displayed throughout the building, students took a virtual tour of the Holocaust Museum, digitally exploring such topics as Adolf Hitler, euthanasia and children of the Holocaust.
“Being outside of the classroom is really cool. It’s just different,” said Plains eighth-grader Winnie Lin.
According to Falato, the digital component of the project was nothing more than a gateway for more engaged learning. “They’re talking and moving around and learning together,” Falato said. “That’s the key to it all.”